At 11-years-old Ethan Brady is comfortable in front of the camera, cooking his way to a win in a competition with other kid-chefs to create healthy and delicious dishes.
He's in the fifth grade at Russell Dougherty Elementary in Edmond and decided to enter Uncle Ben’s Rice “Ben’s Beginners” contest because he loves food, but it’s also to help his school.
“I normally have nothing to do at my house, so I always try to experiment with stuff like put something in eggs that doesn’t really go with eggs, like try to make something better. And if it doesn’t work, try it again,” Brady said. “If you really need it, then you might as well make it taste good or try to make it taste good.”
The contest money would pay for upgraded food storage, a water and ice machine and new flooring at his school.
“It’s buckled and kind of warped and so we would like to make that a little safer by having a new smoothed out floor in there,” said Principal Penny Dilg.
But even better, Dilg said, the prize would reward the students working hard at such a young age to pursue their passions.
“Our theme this year for all of our students is grit. And that means working for a long time to achieve something that you really want and this is an excellent example of grit,” Dilg told News 9.
You can vote once a day from each device through Nov. 3.